Ski Pioneer

  • Category: Documentary
  • Genre: Sports
  • Director: Katie Leimkuehler
  • Producer: Katie Leimkuehler

Based on the true-life story of Paul “Bud” Leimkuehler, a speed skater who lost his leg in WWII who turned a tragedy into triumph by designing outriggers enabling him to become the first U.S. amputee skier. [USA]


  1. Richard Tan says:

    This looks like a really exciting story. I have always wondered how those amputees ski. Very inspiring – I can’t wait to see the movie!

  2. aly says:

    What a wonderful trailer! I can’t wait to see the movie! Best trailer in the festival!

  3. Tim Burke says:

    Way cool. Nice job.

  4. Sarah says:

    Such an amazing story. I wish this was made into a movie!

  5. Love This!!! What an inspiration to all of us.

  6. What promise this masterful trailer brings of a most inspiring fully developed movie to come! What an inspiration it will be to all experiencing a debilitating injury finally able to ski because of Bud’s courageous and enterprising spirit! Good luck to Katie in making this movie dream a reality. It is such a gift to have a record of a first person to break open possibilities for others! Sister Helen Jean Novy, Magnificat High School

  7. Wanda says:

    When can I see the movie?!? I am so excited for this. What an inspiring story!

  8. Kathy Kuack says:

    Wow. What an inspiring story. How beautiful that his granddaughter told this story from her heart and to share with the nation. Just think how many people you have given hope once again to do the things they loved before their disability shot their dreams to hell. You have given them all courage and inspiration to do the things that they loved doing once again. God Bless you in your talent of making this a movie and a dream come true for the nation to see. And God Bless your grandfather for his determanation and never giving up his love of sking. Kathy Kuack.

  9. My niece teaches handicapped children and I showed her this clip. She was very excited and would like to be able to show the movie to her class. It is an excellent example of what one can achieve with hard work and determination no matter what obstacles are placed before them.

    • Hi George,

      Thanks so much for your touching comments. I’m really glad you liked the video! You are more than welcome to show it to her class–my goal is to inspire others with this video!


      Katie Leimkuehler

  10. Sofica says:

    Good luck Katie! I really hope you win :)

  11. Uncle Benny says:

    This is an enthralling tale of love, determination, and overcoming adversity. I know many amputees that would be delighted to see such an amazing film. First place in my book!





  13. Rick Wanda says:

    This looks like a very inspiring story. I think this movie should win first place!

  14. Kevin Donnellon says:

    A riveting story. On par with UnBroken. Good luck and look forward to seeing this movie!

  15. Amanda says:

    Hi Katie, I love this trailer! I am sorry I didn’t see it until today when I was talking to my family about your grandfather’s friend Stan Zakas, who was my great uncle.

    I can’t wait to see this movie!

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